Future Looks Golden for Record Number of Contestants.
Fans of Reality TV --
Canadian Idol viewers could be hearing sweet music after judges issue more “Golden tickets” than ever before.
When the third season of Canadian Idol debuts on Monday, May 30 8pm ET, viewers can likely expect the usual parade of delusional, caterwaulers who have been wrongly told by friends and family that they have what it takes to make it in the music industry.
They’re also in for a treat though following the announcement by CTV that 187 golden tickets, more than in the previous two seasons, were issued to the contestants deemed talented enough to make it to the second round in Toronto.
This is an increase of 21% from season two, but it also means that more disappointed contestants will not make it through to the public voting stage.
With only 32 places up for grabs, 155 will be sent home following an intensive elimination round which will commence next week and span four days.
Beginning in February and reaching six time zones, ten provinces and one territory, and having touched down in both Canada’s most Easterly and most Westerly cities (St. John’s and Whitehorse, respectively) the search for the next Idol can truly be deemed “Canada wide”.
Producers covered 8,100 kilometers on the three-month tour and visited 13 cities.
Executive Producer, John Brunton, promises viewers a season of “blockbuster talent” and earlier stated that it was the intention of the producers to visit the most remote areas of the country on their search.
They clearly stayed true to their word.
With 120 females and 67 males advancing to the second phase of the audition process, odds look favourable for a female victory following the crowning of male Idols in both of the first two seasons.
Of course, the judges could even up that split by the time the public gets to meet and vote upon the top 32.
CTV has published a provincial breakdown of the top 187 as follows, Newfoundland (7), Nova Scotia (6), New Brunswick (8), Quebec (29), Ontario (63), Manitoba (17), Saskatchewan (13), Alberta (26) and British Columbia (18).